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Wednesday, January 2, 2008 1:52 pm
Prepare to Become Even Busier, Mr. Smith
Posted by: Keir Graff

Well, I’m back. I shaved off my holiday beard (it grows red and green, natch), tightened my belt, and now I’m raring to go…home, so I can sleep for just a few minutes more. But books never sleep, and neither should I.

In the New York Times (“The Library’s Helpful Sage of the Stacks“), Sam Roberts was written a feel-good profile of David Smith, the New York Public Library’s “Librarian to the Stars.”

Susan Nagel, who has written a book about Marie Antoinette’s daughter that will be published next spring, said: "Every now and then I have an emergency: I can’t read my own writing, I can’t find the proper sourcing, I was hoping that something would come in the mail from France and it hasn’t in time. Somehow David always rescues me. David has had a dream of beginning a writers’ services division of the New York Public Library, but the truth is, he is already that department in one man."

The article starts out by describing Smith as a well-kept secret. Not anymore.

One Response to “Prepare to Become Even Busier, Mr. Smith”
  1. Sarah Says:

    Ooh! Ooh! Thanks for the heads-up on the Susan Nagel book! I read an Alice Curtis Desmond juvenile biography of Marie-Therese years ago and haven’t found anything since. It’s going in the order cart right now . . .

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